In Search of a Nice Dinner in CT
I'm looking for a nice restaurant in CT that has simple fare for my wife, good fresh ingredients and something for my friend who is vegetarian.
My wife is used to italian and american type restaurants, she likes japanese steakhouses too, however she won't touch seafood. I'm up for most anything as long as it's fresh and good. My friend is a vegetarian, kind of, she eats sea food, eggs and dairy, but no meat or poultry. My friend and I are more adventurous when it comes to ethnic cuisine, my wife has a comfort zone and stays with it.
I live in Torrington and my friend lives in Wallingford. I don't mind driving anywhere in Litchfield, New Haven, Middlesex or Hartford counties. This is for a special occasion so I want to go somewhere really nice.
So the vegetarian is not vegetarian since they eat fish, so that opens up more possibilities. What is the price point you are looking at?
The absolute best restaurant in the Hartford area in my opinion is On20 (they only do Friday night dinners). However, it is pretty pricey. More moderate priced but always a solid experience is any of the Max restaurants in the Hartford area. J. Gilberts in Glastonbury is really good- a steakhouse but they have seafood as well. Their salmon is absolutely wonderful.
Middletown opens up a whole load of other restaurants...
In Middletown, you might try Luce, or Fiore II. There are some interesting ethnic restaurants, but because of your wife's preferences, I left them out. If you and your wife can stand vegetarian, It's Only Natural might delight your friend. I haven't been there in a few years though, so you might want a second opinion.